India Russell


India Russell is a poet of deep perception and empathy. Her work ranges from nature poetry, where ‘the species boundary is crossed’ to satirical and metaphysical. Her preoccupation is Time and the sudden breaking through of the timeless moment, and her concern, the tragic destruction of the natural world and its mysterious golden thread.

India Russell read German and Norwegian at University College London and was a Junior Research Fellow in German at King’s. She is a Licentiate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she specialised in Speech, Drama and Prosody. She also danced at The Place with the Evening School Performance Group performing at The Lilian Baylis Theatre and The Place Theatre. She has given Drama and Dance workshops for Drama Schools and Universities with specialist seminars on Chekov, Ibsen and Isadora Duncan.

She is published in many journals including Acumen, Agenda, Literary Review, The Swansea Review and Temenos Academy Review.

India Russell displayed in Waterstones!
India Russell's latest poetry book Pattern & the Golden Thread on display at Waterstones alongside Virginia McKenna's Tonight the Moon is Red.


Virginia McKenna has read and recorded India's poetry for The Born Free Foundation.

India is a member of Equity, The Institute of Germanic Studies, The Society of Authors, The Society of Women Writers and Journalists. In June 2015 she was invited to become a Fellow of the Temenos Academy in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a poet.

On stage at London Contemporary Dance Theatre in 2003.